Tenerife strives to be a pet-friendly island without abuse
More than 120,000 people have already shown their support for the #YoNoComproAm-igos campaign.
The initiative on animal welfare is promoted by the agriculture department of Tenerife Cabildo, directed by Javier Parrilla.
The campaign, which can be followed through bie-nestaranimaltenerife.es and on social networks, features actors Aaron Gomez and Jose Ramallo. Over 80,000 people have seen the stories of both with their respective pets on social networks.
The initiative was launched last November with the objective of promoting adoption rather than the purchase of a pet, especially at Christmas. In the same way, the campaign also wants to make visible the enormous work of shelters, associations and centres, as well as to value and strengthen the volunteer work carried out by numerous anonymous people who help to care for, protect and locate companion animals that, for various reasons. reasons, are just abandoned.
“An animal is never a toy and, therefore, the adoption of a pet, rather than an un-expected gift, must be a consensus decision among all family members involved in their care,” says the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Javier Parrilla. “When deciding to increase the family with a companion animal, awareness, commit-ment, dedication, as well as multiple care and respon-sibilities, such as vaccination or identification, are neces-sary. A pet is a vulnerable living being that fully trusts its adopter and its survival depends exclusively on him. Hence the need to reflect long before deciding to bring a pet into your home.”
At the end of January, it is planned to make a video tribute to those people who have decided to expand their families through the adoption of a pet. Singer-songwriter Sito Morales, with his song “Qué bueno encontrarte!” (“How nice that I have found you!”) is in charge of putting a sound-track to this first experience with more than 300 images that the campaign has been collecting.